previews

  • Apocalypse Ballet (Neon belt), 2005, mixed media, 67 x 43 1/4 x 35 1/2".

    Mai-Thu Perret

    Bonnefantenmuseum
    Avenue Céramique 250
    September 9 - January 6

    Curated by Paula van den Bosch

    This survey offers a window into the Crystal Frontier, a five-woman feminist commune housed somewhere in the deserts of the American Southwest. The setting—all the more so for being fictional—allows the Swiss-born Mai-Thu Perret, who holds a master’s degree in English literature, to generate cultural artifacts that slyly relay the way of life, the political convictions, even the fetishes, of a utopian community to the outside (read: art) world. The significations of the artist’s output remain precarious, as one sees reflected in her oeuvre conflicting desires for context and autonomy. Featuring some thirty works from the past seven years, including sculptures, handmade ceramics, wallpaper, flags, and prints, this show, titled “Land of Crystal,” will most likely expand on these contradictions, all the while illuminating Perret’s art-historically rich, feminine domestic narrative.

    Translated from German by Susan Bernofsky.